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We love catching up with our graduates to hear about their experiences and successes! We recently had the pleasure of connecting with Amanda Burton, who graduated from our Education Assitant Diploma Program. Read on to learn about why she wanted to become an Education Assistant, her time at Ashton College, and her future plans.
Can you tell us a little about yourself, your career/educational background, and how you ended up at Ashton College?
I was a 30’s something with 2 kids who needed to provide for them and myself, and working part-time for minimum wage wasn't feasible. During Covid was the perfect opportunity for me to go back to school. A close friend of mine, who’s an EA, encouraged me to take the program myself and that’s how I ended up at Ashton.
What inspired you to get into this line of work?
Wanting to make a difference in children’s lives.
What was your most memorable learning experience or enjoyable moment in the EAD program?
Working on the assisted tech slideshow project was a highlight.
You had a variety of instructors during the program, what value did they bring to you that helped you to fully understand your role as an EA?
The experience and knowledge they bring is immeasurable and because they get to know your work ethic through our papers and project they hold you to a higher standard to achieve excellence.
How were your experiences working on some of the assignments with the other classmates in an online environment?
It was great, we coordinated times/dates to work on projects and collaborated together seamlessly.
Was there anything that surprised you about the learning experience?
Being online it was relatively easy to fit classes into my own schedule.
Did the program and your instructors give you the confidence to be an EA? In what ways?
By holding us to a high standard and being an ear to listen and explain things gave me the confidence that I know what I’m doing.
What are your future plans?
Right now I just got a job as a youth resident worker.
What advice do you have for people looking at becoming an EA and taking the program here at Ashton College?
You’re never too old to go back to school, and at Ashton, the instructors are there for you and are available to you. If you have self-discipline then online learning will be a breeze for you.